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What should I expect after hiatal hernia surgery?

What should I expect after hiatal hernia surgery?

Diet changes: Hiatal hernia surgery usually includes a stomach wrap (fundoplication). After surgery i keep my patients on puréed foods to allow the stomach to heal. After two weeks transition to a normal balanced diet. Chew well! i start removing antacids around this time. With the wrap it is a trade off of too tight vs too loose. There is 5-10% chance of needing a second procedure to loosen or tighten it. ...Read more

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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Hernia Surgery (Definition)

There are a variety or several types of hernias, and many are repaired differently. A hernia is a weakness in the abdominal wall (such as inguinal, umbilical, incisional) or diaphragm (hiatal hernia). Surgery to repair the hernia can involve use of sutures, and possible use of mesh. Open or laparoscopic surgery can be a means to repair hernias, with laparoscopic ...Read more


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What should I expect after hiatal hernia surgery?

What should I expect after hiatal hernia surgery?

Eat slow: You can expect improvement of your reflux symptoms. You may have some swallowing issues for the first 1-2 weeks so chew food carefully. Some patients stick to a soft diet during the immediate post operative period. ...Read more

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How long do docs recommend I should I expect to stay out of work after hernia surgery?

How long do docs recommend I should I expect to stay out of work after hernia surgery?

1 to 4 weeks : Depending on type of hernia, type of repair and type of work you do it can be as short as 1 week if your work does not involve more then 10-15lbs lifting and up to 6 weeks if you do heavy work or have large abdominal/incisional hernia. ...Read more

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Is hernia surgery painful?

Is hernia surgery painful?

Yes: Any surgery is painful. The type of surgery and what the surgery is performed for will all influence the amount of pain. Laparoscopic hernia surgery can be less painfull than open hermia surgery. ...Read more

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How can hernia surgery affect me?

How can hernia surgery affect me?

It can relieve pain: It can relieve pain and discomfort. It can prevent obstruction if you have a strangulation. There are different types of hernias. Sometimes in the groin sometimes in the abdomen Sometimes within the abdomen. A lot depends on the type of hernia that you have. If your doctor recommends surgery, it can help make you feel better but it can limit your activities for up to 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about hernia surgery?

Can you tell me about hernia surgery?

Repairs weakness: There are several types of hernia surgery, the most common is inguinal and is best handled as an outpatient with local anesthesia. Here small intestine slides out of the groin or inguinal canal and this opening is closed preventing bowel from sliding out. A ventral hernia is a weakness in the belly wall and usually requires some type of mesh to give the belly wall strength. ...Read more

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Is hernia surgery generally effective?

Yes: Hernia repair is mostly successful, however, recurrences do occur. Keep in mind there are many factors involved: type and size of the hernia, patient factors, surgeon experience, and use of mesh reinforcement. ...Read more

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After hernia surgery, is hardness normal?

After hernia surgery, is hardness normal?

Seroma: That hard lump could just be a benign fluid collection. Just to be on the safe side see your surgeon. ...Read more

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How long does hernia surgery usually last?

How long does hernia surgery usually last?

Depends: It depends on the hernia and experience of the surgeon. Most hernias are repaired in 30 minutes or less. Most hernias mean uncomplicated and not recurrent or extremely large. ...Read more

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Risks of having baby after hernia surgery?

Hernia recurrence: First and foremost, a prior hernia repair is unlikely to interfere with your pregnancy or delivery. However, the location of the hernia and the method of repair may have some impact if mesh was used and a c-section is necessary. Be sure and review this information with your obstetrician early in your pregnancy. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery for hernia surgery?

How long is the recovery for hernia surgery?

Depends: Not all hernias are the same. The most common hernia operation is an inguinal hernia repair which typically has a 1-3 week recovery period for a laparoscopic repair and a 2-4 week recovery for an open repair. ...Read more

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Why does fluid build up after hernia surgery?

Fluid: Fluid (called seroma) can build up in the empty space where the hernia had been. Also the tissues around the surgical site can become temporarily swollen and firm. This fluid formation is common, is more noticeable after repair of larger hernias, and resolves over several days to a few weeks. ...Read more

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How long would i be off after hernia surgery?

How long would i be off after hernia surgery?

Hernia: That depends on what kind of hernia, how big it is, and what you do for work. If you have a desk job and had an uncomplicated hernia repair, you could be back to work in a week. In general, you shouldn't do anything strenuous (the gym, heavy lifting) for 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Baby how long to recover from hernia surgery?

depends: Depends on what type of hernia and the age and medical condition of the baby. If it is a groin hernia, and the baby is healthy, recovery is typically a few days to a couple weeks. There are usually no restrictions of activity, and your surgeon will tell you about the wound care, which is also typically very simple. ...Read more

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What is the recovery from hernia surgery like?

Common: Inguinal hernia is very common and modern surgery quite effective and less invasive. Some pain, bruising and limitation of exercize is reasonable expectation for 4-6 weeks in general other hernias in other places have there own track. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms after hernia surgery?

Variable: The normal postop course depends on the type if hernia and technique of repair. All hernia repairs are typically associated with progressively diminishing pain at the incision site, and sometimes a variety of aches that may be associated with position during the operation. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Would I have to be nude during hernia surgery?

Usually: The abdomen and site of the hernia have to be exposed to fix the hernia. The breasts and genital organs can usually remain covered. Feel free to discuss this with your surgeon, anethesiologist, and nurses so that you can feel comfortable knowing that they will protect your dignity to the fullest extent. ...Read more

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After hernia surgery fails what are my options?

Couple options: If no symptoms and relatively small can observe. If associated with symptoms and / or enlarging will require redo operation for recurrence perhaps by new approach e.g. Laparoscopically if it was done open before. ...Read more

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Hernia surgery, how long will i be out of work?

Depends: If you do heavy lifting expect 4-6 weeks. If light work desk job you can go back as soon as you want. You should write down all your questions and ask the surgeon during your consultation. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia Repair (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall through which the lining of the abdominal cavity protrudes, creating a sac. Hernias are common in the groin, belly button, upper-midline, or associated w/scars. The exact method of repair varies w/the type & size of the hernia as well as patient-factors, however, the basic principle is the same: close the hole, often ...Read more


Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

The ascendence of the gastroesophageal junction into the chest above the diaphragm through the ...Read more